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What makes your urine orange/yellow vs. clear?
June 16, 2005 | self / vanity

Posted on 06/16/2005 2:40:36 PM PDT by The Other Harry

The subject line says it all.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: allthewrongquestions; harrysdrunkagain; numberone; pagingdoctorscience; peepee; toomanyscrewdrivers
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1 posted on 06/16/2005 2:40:39 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

How much water you drink. Are you serious about this post??


2 posted on 06/16/2005 2:41:26 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: The Other Harry

vitamin b.


3 posted on 06/16/2005 2:42:10 PM PDT by ken21
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To: The Other Harry
Hemoglobin from dead blood cells will do it.

Foul urine is often a first sign of infection.

SO9

4 posted on 06/16/2005 2:42:38 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: The Other Harry

Mountain Dew


5 posted on 06/16/2005 2:42:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Children don't need counting, because whatever number you have, you never have enough.")
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To: anniegetyourgun

too bad the scale only goes to 10


6 posted on 06/16/2005 2:43:21 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: The Other Harry
What makes your urine orange/yellow vs. clear?

The fact that it contains pee.

7 posted on 06/16/2005 2:43:38 PM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: SittinYonder

beer.


8 posted on 06/16/2005 2:44:11 PM PDT by smonk
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To: The Other Harry

Depends on the type of beer you're drinking.


9 posted on 06/16/2005 2:44:24 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government)
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To: Servant of the 9

Eat a bunch of asparagus and smell what happens.


gag


10 posted on 06/16/2005 2:44:27 PM PDT by mad puppy ( "He's with me!" And I'm with W.)
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To: The Other Harry

Be thankful it's orange/yellow or clear, instead of red.


11 posted on 06/16/2005 2:44:50 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: The Other Harry

Jack Daniels straight vs. on the rocks???


12 posted on 06/16/2005 2:45:13 PM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: smonk

An alcoholic once told me he knew he was drunk when his urine turned clear.


13 posted on 06/16/2005 2:45:15 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: The Other Harry

I've often wondered this myself.

lol Couldn't you find an existing thread to ask this in?


14 posted on 06/16/2005 2:46:19 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Beets.


15 posted on 06/16/2005 2:46:23 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Children don't need counting, because whatever number you have, you never have enough.")
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To: The Other Harry

Certain meds can turn urine orange ... Rifampin and
Pyridium are both famous for this.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/causes/orange_urine.htm

As far as yellow, that could come from working outside on a hot day and not drinking enough water. IOW, the urine is concentrated which may or may not indicate there is problem.


16 posted on 06/16/2005 2:47:53 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: The Other Harry
Drink enough water so that your pee is never darker than pale yellow.

I'm embarassed for you for asking this in public, too. I guess the only stupid question is the one you never ask...

17 posted on 06/16/2005 2:49:43 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: thoughtomator

Yeah, clear means your drinking that near-beer called Schlitz, or the every-other-letter beer Schmidt, or the bottled Denver sewage, Coors Light.


18 posted on 06/16/2005 2:49:54 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: The Other Harry

sugar


19 posted on 06/16/2005 2:50:12 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: The Other Harry

If your urine is orange its because you got poo poo in your pee hole.

Thats what they said on "Quincy".


20 posted on 06/16/2005 2:50:41 PM PDT by LongsforReagan
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Constitution Day; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson; anniegetyourgun; cyborg; Petronski

to some of the finest minds in science.

21 posted on 06/16/2005 2:51:20 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: kezekiel
I'm embarassed for you for asking this in public, too

I agree, but at least he didn't ask why does it burn when he pees ...

22 posted on 06/16/2005 2:51:55 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: LongsforReagan
If your urine is orange its because you got poo poo in your pee hole

ROFLMAO

23 posted on 06/16/2005 2:52:54 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: The Other Harry
The Significance of Abnormal Urine Color

Martha K. Terris, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Urology
Chief of Urology, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

INTRODUCTION
The normal color of urine ranges from light yellow to dark amber, depending on the concentration of solutes in the urine. Urochrome is the name of the pigment that gives urine its characteristic yellow color (1). Patients may be quite frightened at any unusual color of their urine. Other urinary complaints may accompany changes in urine color. Such symptoms include urinary urgency (having to hurry to get to the bathroom), frequent urination, burning pain with urination (known as "dysuria" which can suggest infection or tumor), or colicky pains (suggesting stones), as well as any food colorings, over-the-counter or prescription medications, or diagnostic dyes recently ingested (2,3). Also important are the circumstances surrounding noticing the color. This is easier in men since standing to urinate allows them to notice urine color as it enters the toilet bowl. The color may only appear after the urine contacts the container or the water in the toilet bowl. Sometimes the urine has to sit in the sun for hours before the color appears. Women usually notice abnormal color on tissue after wiping. It can be sometimes challenging to distinguish the source of the color from the reproductive, gastrointestinal tract, or genitourinary tract in women. A full pelvic examination and catheterized urine specimen is often necessary.

White or cloudy urine is most commonly a result of phosphaturia (2,3). This is a benign condition in which excess amorphous phosphate crystals form in urine. Adding a drop of acetic acid to the urine sample will result in immediate clearing of the urine. Phosphaturia is usually intermittent, occurring following a meal or after ingesting a large quantity of milk. White urine is sometimes due to pyuria (abundant white blood cells) in association with an infection of the urinary tract (1-4). White cloudy urine can rarely be due to chyluria (lymph fluid), resulting from a communication with between the lymphatic system and the urinary tract (3).

RED / PINK
Pink or red urine should prompt an immediate visit to your doctor. The first test is a dipstick for blood. A positive dipstick for blood implies the presence of red cells, free hemoglobin (from broken down red blood cells), or myoglobin (from broken down muscle cells), which can be double-checked by examining the urinary sediment for red cells and the serum for hemoglobinemia. In patients with normal renal function, hemoglobinuria can be distinguished from myoglobinuria by drawing a blood sample, spinning it down, and looking at the serum (4-6). Free hemoglobin produces a pink serum which will test positive with the dipstick. Myoglobin is cleared more efficiently by the kidneys, usually leaving a clear serum which tests negative with the dipstick. Contamination of the urine sample with hypochlorite bleach can cause a false positive test for hemoglobin (5).

Red blood cells in the urine may be from kidney loss (termed "glomerular" blood cells) in patients with renal disease. Red cells in the urine of these individuals will usually be misshapen and accompanied by protein in the urine.

Normal appearing red blood cells (termed "epithelial" red blood cells to identify them as cells coming from the urinary epithelium instead of the contorted "glomerular" red blood cells) may be present during a urinary tract infection, urinary stone, or urinary malignancy. Red blood cells are common in the urine after urologic procedures and occasionally following catheter placement. Complete urine testing (called "urinalysis") for the presence of bacteria and white blood cells, urine culture, cystoscopy, intravenous pyelogram, and/or other imaging studies my be necessary to clarify the source of the blood.

If the urine is red and acid but does not contain hemoglobin, myoglobin, or red blood cells, suspect an indicator dye such as phenolphthalein (the laxative in ExLax) in which case the red should disappear when the urine is alkalinized with a few drops of potassium hydroxide (6). Blackberries and beets can turn acid urine red due to the presence of anthrocyanin, while rhubarb, anthraquinone laxatives, and some diagnostic dyes will redden urine only when it is alkaline (6,7).

Eosin turns urine pink or red in natural light but fluoresces green under ultraviolet light (6). The anesthetic, propofol, has been reported to cause pink coloration of the urine, particularly in alcoholics (8). Other medications that can cause red urine are the phenytoin, phenothiazines, e.g., Compazine (6,9). Red urine can also be caused by chronic lead and mercury poisoning.

ORANGE
Orange urine may be produced by phenazopyridine (Pyridium) or ethoxazene (Serenium), both of which are used as urinary tract anesthetics to diminish dysuria (6). Pyridium also can make a dipstick test appear falsely positive for bilirubin. Rifampin, phenacetin, sulfasalazine, Vitamin C, riboflavin, and carrots will also turn urine dark yellow to orange (6,10). An opaque orange-pink urine color can result from abundant uric acid crystals which can be seen in acidic urine of patients who have undergone intestinal by-pass surgery or are receiving chemotherapy for malignancy (10).

BLUE / GREEN
Blue or green urine may be caused by a blue dye such as methylene blue, a component in several medications (Trac Tabs, Urised, Uroblue) used to reduce symptoms of bladder inflammation or irritation (1,6). Administration of the dye, indigo carmine, turns the urine green and can last for several days if renal function is poor. While more often reported to cause pink urine, the anesthetic, propofol, has also been reported to cause green coloration of the urine (11). Amitriptyline, indomethacin, resorcinol, triamterine, cimetidine, phenergan, and several multivitamins also lend a blue-green tint to the urine (6). An inherited form of high calcium (called "familial hypercalcemia") can result in blue urine, which has lent this disease the nickname "blue diaper syndrome" (12). Another metabolic disorder, indicanuria, can cause blue urine due to tryptophan indole metabolites (12).

A blue pigment may also be produced by infection with the bacteria Pseudomonas (1,2). Dark green pigmentation, especially if associated with air (known as "pneumaturia"), urinary tract infection, and/or solid particles in the urine, can be caused by bile when there is a fistula between the urinary tract the intestines.

BROWN /BLACK
Brown or black urine (not due to myoglobin or bilirubin) may be caused by excessive L-dopa or melanin excretion as well as copper or phenol poisoning (6). Ingestion of large amounts of rhubarb, fava beans, or aloe can cause dark brownish black urine (13). Metabolites of the antihypertensive medication methyldopa (Aldomet) may turn black on contact with bleach (which is often present in toilet bowls) (6). Other medications causing brown or brown-black urine are chloraquine and primaquine, furazolidone, metronidazole, nitrofurantoin, cascara/senna laxatives, methocarbamol, and sorbitol (6). Contamination with povidone-iodine (Betadine) solution or douche can turn urine brown (14). Melanin and melanogen, found in the urine of patients with melanoma, will darken standing urine from the air-exposed surface downward (15). Alcaptonia, a rare hereditary disease, the urine will turn dark after being exposed to the air over a period of time due to the presence of homogentisic acid (16). Urinary hydroxyphenylpyruvic acid excretion due the metabolic disorder tyrosinosis will also cause urine to be brown-black in color (13). In porphyria cutanea tarda, the urine will appear reddish brown in natural light but fluoresces pink under ultraviolet light (17).

24 posted on 06/16/2005 2:53:01 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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Lucille.


25 posted on 06/16/2005 2:54:08 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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Blueberries


26 posted on 06/16/2005 2:55:18 PM PDT by Dashing Dasher (To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of FReepers...)
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To: Leapfrog
The normal color of urine ranges from light yellow to dark amber, depending on the concentration of solutes in the urine.

I read this and immediately thought, "eyespysomething would like this thread."

Pee-Pee Ping

27 posted on 06/16/2005 2:56:29 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: The Other Harry

The same thing that turns your palms hairy.


28 posted on 06/16/2005 2:57:55 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: The Other Harry

My HS football coach always told us to drink enough water to make our urine clear by lunch time. If you notice such things, you'll note that your first pee in the morning is always the darkest.

On a side note.. red tinged urine is definately something to see a doc about. It happened to me and turned out to be kidney cancer. Something like that can ruin your whole day.


29 posted on 06/16/2005 2:59:18 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs (This Tagline is on hiatus as I think of a new one.)
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To: The Other Harry
What makes your urine orange/yellow vs. clear?

Lots of vitamin C.

30 posted on 06/16/2005 3:00:49 PM PDT by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: LongsforReagan

YIKES!


31 posted on 06/16/2005 3:02:43 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: MarMema

> Are you serious about this post??

Yes. Quite.

I don't understand it. I assume it has something to do with diet, but I haven't been able to relate it.

I recall something about albumim (sp?), but I really don't know.

It's a serious question. I tend to assume clear is better.


32 posted on 06/16/2005 3:04:00 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

Pale vs. dark urine is a function of hydration. A bright yellow can be achieved with Vitamin C.


33 posted on 06/16/2005 3:05:24 PM PDT by Lil'freeper
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To: The Other Harry

How much Cream Soda you've drank....


34 posted on 06/16/2005 3:06:23 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Interesting Times

That is funny.


35 posted on 06/16/2005 3:07:15 PM PDT by Rokke
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To: The Other Harry
Drink more water... when I used to take alot of supplements and vitamins when I was a major jock I would have foul urine. Not just orange urine but it also had an odor. Drink more water.
36 posted on 06/16/2005 3:10:37 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: SittinYonder; martin_fierro

OMG....there outta be a law.....it's not even Friday....


37 posted on 06/16/2005 3:11:45 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: smonk
Beeeeeer....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
38 posted on 06/16/2005 3:14:11 PM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been cowboys.)
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To: SittinYonder
I agree, but at least he didn't ask why does it burn when he pees ...

Or mention that he prefers to pee sitting down.

39 posted on 06/16/2005 3:14:16 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: The Other Harry

I've heard if it's clear, that can be an indication of drinking too much water.

Water soluble vitamins can make it very yellow. Also certain foods (and I never believed I would be asked about it so I didn't take notes) have also turned in a golden yellow.

I seem prone to some sort of infection that turns it milky/cloudy in the winter unless I drink cranberry juice nearly every day.

Probably a place like WebMD could give you better info.

Howard Dean is a doctor, theoretically, since he doesn't have much to do, you might throw him a line and ask him.


40 posted on 06/16/2005 3:15:29 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (Fiery the Angels rose & as they rose deep thunder roll'd around their shores)
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To: The Other Harry

Homosexual intercourse. It's the only possible cause.


41 posted on 06/16/2005 3:18:01 PM PDT by Sloth (Discarding your own liberty is foolish, but discarding the liberty of others is evil.)
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To: The Other Harry

This will color some bodily wastes, but not urine, IIRC.

42 posted on 06/16/2005 3:20:14 PM PDT by Sloth (Discarding your own liberty is foolish, but discarding the liberty of others is evil.)
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To: SittinYonder
---An alcoholic once told me he knew he was drunk when his urine turned clear.---

I usually know when I fall down.

43 posted on 06/16/2005 3:21:20 PM PDT by smonk
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I usually know when I fall down.

LOL! I usually know when my wife says, "For Christ's sake, sit down and shut up! You are drunk and embarrassing me again."

44 posted on 06/16/2005 3:24:44 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Servant of the 9
How bout a nasty discharge?

Maybe just freepmail your answer, I have some issues.

45 posted on 06/16/2005 4:15:59 PM PDT by carolinacrazy (What?!...That could never happen in a.... world.)
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To: martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson; The Other Harry
What makes your urine orange/yellow


46 posted on 06/16/2005 4:31:19 PM PDT by mikrofon (Of Course)
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To: The Other Harry
Harry, aren't you the one with the potassium thing?

I HIGHLY suggest you get yourself to the doctor, and address these issues with him. Why in the world are you soliciting medical advice on FR?

Any number of things can cause your urine to change color. Some are no big deal, others are.

For goodness sake, man, go to the doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!

47 posted on 06/16/2005 4:55:10 PM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: The Other Harry

Real simple, when you do a lot of sweating and don't drink enough water the urine may stay in the bladder for 10-12 hours or more. Rule of thumb, when working in the heat drink enough water to urinate at least once an hour, any thing less is a sign of dehydration which can cause muscle spasms or loss of grip in your hands and fingers, important to know if you climb ladders and structures.


48 posted on 06/16/2005 5:03:06 PM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: The Other Harry
OK... So some people may be getting "pissy" about this thread, however, it's an interesting subject. If you take plenty of vitamins, your urine should be bright yellow to orange. Your body is disposing of the excess vitamins through your urine. If your urine suddenly becomes pale, that indicates that your body is now in need of those excess vitamins. (Either that or you've just had a lot of beer!)

...so said my high school biology teacher. (Except for the part about the beer; he didn't say that.)
49 posted on 06/16/2005 5:09:11 PM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: Leapfrog
Black pee


50 posted on 06/16/2005 5:15:11 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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